MAY 5, 2014

Doris Wilson

Genealogy research requires us to be open to new & old resources. Networking is an integral part of helping find new directions or revisit places we have been. It is a wonderful time to do research with all the current technology and the constantly updated resources. Many of these sites may be accessed through Apple and Android Apps and through Facebook, in addition to the methods stated below.

WEBINARS/VIDEOS began asWeb conferencing refers to a service that allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations.

Lectures, many different topics, are not as

flexible for viewing: some are free only at first broadcast, must register to watch. Some are free for a few days following the broadcast, no registration needed.

RootsTech This is a real gift to those who couldn’t attend the 2014 Roots Tech Conference. Don’t miss the videos. You can download the syllabus for each video for your later study. There is a link on the page for the 2013 R T conference, too. Caveat: there seems to be glitches in loading these – don’t give up, it can be done.

                  Legacy Webinars  free when aired and usually for 7 days following

Illinois State Genealogical Society  download calendar. Free at airing. Membership required later.

ONLINE MAGAZINE is all or part of a web site and may also be called a webzine. Ezine (also spelled e-zine and pronounced “e-zeen”) is a more generic term commonly applied to small magazines and newsletters distributed by any electronic method, for example, by electronic mail (e-mail).

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Internet Genealogy e-zine:

Family Tree Magazine also has a monthly podcast, download many forms, etc.

Cyndi’s List genealogical research portal onto the Internet, great place for beginners

Federation of Genealogical Societies A good source for officers & chairs of gen. societies

Pinterest: Need to sign in and make a profile stating your interest in genealogy. May have your own page, private or public.

NGS Weekly a good source for keeping up with the genealogy world

Genealogy Gems Newsletter Allen County Library only available by e-mail subscription

PODCAST:  a series of digital computer files, that is released periodically and made available for download by means of web syndication. Most podcasts are supplemented with program notes on the website. Often includes specific websites mentioned in the podcasts, etc. Don’t overlook them.

Convenience - listen while driving, doing chores, keeping fit, etc.

                  Wonderful content for keeping up with Genealogy news, new or available resources.

Readily available by downloading with I-Tunes, copying from the web and transferring to IPod, IPad, Smart Phone, MP3 player, or your laptop/desktop computer.


What do I need to listen to Podcasts?

                  Listen while online or

                  Download to computer (as you would for any computer file or

Download direct via a podcatcher, such as ITunes, to Smart phone, Ipod or MP3 player, flash drive or CD and use at your convenience

Podcast, cont’d

Lisa Louise Cooke  Very popular and informative

                  Genealogy Guys: Excellent way to stay informed about new resources

A BLOG (a contraction of the term “weblog”) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs 

                  Ozarks Genealogical Society:

Mo. State Genealogical Assoc: don’t be fooled, not just Missouri information

Fieldstone Common: content but many interviews with well known professional genealogists. Available by e-mail subscription or ITunes. Currently has interview with Thomas Jones, author of new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof

RSS is an abbreviation for “rich site summary” or “really simple syndication.” This orange and white symbol tells you that you can subscribe with RSS. Doesn’t fill up your mail inbox and easily “marked as read”

All you need to remember is the RSS.  As to the word “feed,” this simply describes the way information gets to people: web servers “feed” their information to those who ask for it. Most blogs and newsletters are now available with a “feed” address so that you can set up to receive them automatically.

Feed Demon

News Blur


Find new websites or information

Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best websites: Annual. Free download

Message boards: don’t overlook this oldie

US GenWeb All states are available. Don’t overlook!

Bonus Sites

                  Adblock: Keep the advertisers away

                  Dotto Tech short videos for many apps and programs, well presented, not genealogy

Windows Secrets Newsletter: Technical info for the “not so techy.” Available for RSS or e-mail